2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 22nd July, 15:00

Where? The Mobile Rocket Stadium

What channel is it on? Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://trinity.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Batchelor, Caton-Brown, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Danny Kirmond

  • Wakefield score eight points in the final nine minutes to snatch a point against Leeds. Trinity almost won the game late on too, with Jacob Miller’s field goal hitting the post and dropping wide with the final score ending 20-points apiece.

  • Craig Huby returns from injury in the only change to Chris Chester’s 19-man squad. He replaces Anthony England.

  • It was a decent point for Wakefield against Leeds but it leaves them without a win in three games and they still need a victory to ensure they are safe in the Super 8s.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Abdull, Downs, Faraimo, Fash, Hadley, Harris, Houghton, Litten, Logan, Matongo, Miloudi, Minichiello, Paea, Scott, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Turgut, Washbrook

Unavailable: Marc Sneyd, Josh Bowden, Josh Griffin, Joe Westerman, Jamie Shaul, Sika Manu, Chris Green, Albert Kelly, Jake Connor

  • Hull FC gave league leaders St Helens a fright last week but the table-toppers had too much in the final quarter. Hull poked their noses in front in the second half but Saints scored five tries in a 24-minute period to seal an 18-34 win against a tired outfit.

  • Jake Connor suffered a season-ending injury last week to compound the Black and Whites’ injury woes. Albert Kelly and Chris Green are also out with knocks sustained in that game whilst Jordan Lane is left out. Fetuli Talanoa is back from injury whilst Jez Litten, Liam Hariss and Brad Fash all earn recalls.

  • This has turned into a must-win game for Hull with them currently sitting seven points behind Warrington and Castleford in third and fourth place. Hull must close that gap before the end of the regular season to have any chance of making the semi-finals.

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams still have plenty to play for as Wakefield and Hull FC see out the penultimate weekend of the regular season. Trinity need a win to ensure their Super League status for next season whilst Hull still have top 4 ambitions but can’t afford many more slip-ups. They battled well against St Helens last week but looked tired as their injury-hit side succumbed to the league leaders in the final quarter of the game. Wakefield’s point against Leeds was crucial as it kept Leeds three points behind them but the Rhinos have now closed that gap to one after they hammered Widnes on Friday night. Wakefield are always game at home and with Hull having so many out, they should secure Super League rugby for next season with a win here.